Phil-Mont Kiwanis rewards teens for service

John Mee­han, a sev­enth-grader at St. Wil­li­am Ele­ment­ary School, re­ceived the An­thony M. Leto Com­munity Ser­vice Award. The Kiwanis Club of Phil-Mont honored John, along with three oth­er young people last week, at a din­ner at Kelly’s Sea­food in Bustleton. (Maria Pouch­nikova)


The Kiwanis Club of Phil-Mont presen­ted a com­munity ser­vice award to a loc­al ele­ment­ary school stu­dent and schol­ar­ships to three area col­lege stu­dents.

The awards din­ner took place June 6 at Kelly’s Sea­food res­taur­ant, at 9362 Old Bustleton Ave.

The An­thony M. Leto Com­munity Ser­vice Award went to John Mee­han, a sev­enth-grader at St. Wil­li­am in Lawndale. He plans to use the prize to­ward his tu­ition and to buy gifts for his grand­par­ents.

John has been act­ive at St. Wil­li­am. He opens and closes the school gates, takes trash out to the Dump­ster and sets up for events at me­mori­al hall. He’s an al­tar serv­er and mem­ber of stu­dent coun­cil. He’s vo­lun­teered at pan­cake break­fasts at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home and de­livered poin­set­tias to shut-ins at Christ­mas.

St. Wil­li­am will close for good on Fri­day, and John will be an eighth-grader at Present­a­tion BVM.

The com­munity ser­vice award is named in memory of Tony Leto, a busi­ness­man and Kiwanis pres­id­ent who died sud­denly on his 40th birth­day in 2004. John’s name will be the sev­enth en­graved on a plaque.

The Wal­ter Gim­bel Sr. Schol­ar­ship Award, named in memory of a long­time mem­ber and past pres­id­ent known as “Mr. Kiwanis,” was presen­ted to Amy Keever, Marissa Ru­bin and Mary Radziszewski.

Keever is a St. Wil­li­am and Bish­op McDe­vitt High School gradu­ate who first earned the schol­ar­ship last year. She’s ma­jor­ing in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion at Drexel Uni­versity. She serves as a tu­tor and ment­or at Alain Locke and Martha Wash­ing­ton ele­ment­ary schools in West Phil­adelphia.

Ru­bin just gradu­ated from North­east High School with a 3.88 grade point av­er­age. She was a mem­ber of the Na­tion­al Hon­or So­ci­ety, the de­bate team and the sci­ence club. She donated the money from her bat mitzvah to the Make-A-Wish Found­a­tion. She’ll at­tend Temple.

Radziszewski re­cently gradu­ated from Arch­bish­op Ry­an and will at­tend De­Sales Uni­versity. She’s already taken some courses at Gwynedd-Mercy. She’s a lect­or at St. Wil­li­am; vo­lun­teers at Lawn­crest Lib­rary as a tu­tor fo­cus­ing on read­ing, lit­er­acy and home­work; and has vo­lun­teered at Prot­est­ant Home break­fasts for the last eight years.

The win­ners were joined at the din­ner by fam­ily mem­bers.

The St. Wil­li­am con­tin­gent in­cluded prin­cip­al Sis­ter Cath­er­ine Clarke; the Rev. Steph­en C. Mc­Carthy, a pa­ro­chi­al vicar; and fifth-grade teach­er Kathy Mc­Donough. ••


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